Still, Brady talked of the Texans as if they were dominating opponents.
“There’s a lot to be concerned about,” he said. “They’ve got a great front, some very experienced players at linebacker, a very athletic secondary. You saw what they did last week — playing at home against Cincinnati there in the first half — was pretty impressive.”
He expects the Texans to make some defensive changes from the previous meeting. But 6-foot-5 J.J. Watt and his ability to jump and knock down passes will still be at defensive end.
So Belichick brought out the racquets again that linemen hold up in practice for him to throw over, Brady said.
“It gets frustrating at times, but I think it’s a very good thing that coach does,” he said. “It just subliminally gets it in my head of (Watt’s) ability and their ability to defend passes at the line of scrimmage, which I’m sure teams try to do every week.
“But they get them every week.”
Watt didn’t bat down any the last time he faced Brady.
“So,” Watt said, “I need to do more.”
He and his teammates must do a lot more than they did in the last meeting to deny Brady his 17th postseason win. And Brady expects just that.
“The Texans are going to have a few different things, we’re going to have a few different things,” he said. “It’s just going to be a totally different game.”
NOTES: Belichick said the Patriots won’t play conservatively even though one mistake can lose the game and end the season. “You don’t win a war by digging a foxhole and sitting in it,” he said. “You have to go out there and attack.” ... LB Jerod Mayo isn’t letting the romp over Houston breed overconfidence. “We know the last game could’ve been a lot closer than what it was. There were plays in the game that just kind of bounced our way,” he said. ... The Texans are 2-1 all-time in the postseason.